West Ham prospects celebrate wins
PUBLISHED: 09:46 13 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:46 13 March 2017
Shock loss for Stratford’s Lopes
West Ham BC prospects Frank Middleton, Miley Cash, Christopher Biddle and Charlie Biggs were all in winning form for the club on the Five Star BC show in Romford on Saturday.
Middleton jabbed effectively as he dominated his clash with Bobby Tildesley (Chalvedon), taking all three rounds on his way to a unanimous verdict.
Cash, in his sixth bout, overcame the far more experienced Joshua Crabb (Hockley), winning the first and third rounds to take a split decision.
And new boy Biddle overcame a cautious start against home club rival Brennan Humm to control the exchanges and take a unanimous decision.
Biggs gave a return chance to former victim Lewis Simpson (Hockley) and beat his rival to the punch repeatedly to take the points verdict.
West Ham are back in action on Saturday afternoon at the Fight for Peace gym in North Woolwich, when the boxing starts at 12.30pm.
The club plans around 20 bouts involving West Ham and Fight for Peace boxers against visiting opposition boxers, with admission £10 on the door.
*Newham BC hope Kane Wilson Stroud was outpointed by Finchley BC rival Al Abdulkar in the Alliance Boxing Junior Championships on Saturday.
*Stratford cruiserweight Jose Lopes looked set to earn a title bout with the winner of the Wadi Camacho-Karl Wheeler clash until the final minutes of his eliminator with Ossie Jervier at York Hall on Saturday.
The 26-year-old Lopes had boxed his way into a comfortable lead, stabbing out a long-range jab, and looked set for his eighth straight victory against a rival who did his best work at close quarters.
However, the stocky Jervier launched a ninth-round onslaught, landing a right uppercut followed by a battery of blows which sent Lopes crashing against the ropes before he slumped to the canvas.
Referee Kieran McCann’s count reached five when hot favourite Lopes climbed upright, only to sink dramatically to the floor again and the official immediately intervened.
Lopes showed his disapproval at the stoppage which brought the first defeat of a three-year pro career and said: “I will be back better than ever.”
Promoter Steve Goodwin believes Lopes can still break into the title picture, adding: “I will chase a return and hope we can get it on again.”
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